A historic vote is happening at the Minnesota State Capitol on Thursday afternoon.
The Minnesota House, controlled by the DFL Party, is expected to pass a bill legalizing recreational marijuana.
The measure, HF 600, has gone through 12 House committees over the last few months. Some House Republicans have supported it.
Currently, marijuana is only legal in Minnesota for medical purposes. Since 1976, the drug has been decriminalized for possession or sale of less than 42.5 grams. Per Minnesota state law, possession or sale of a larger amount results in a felony charge.
The legislation would automatically expunge the records of those with non-violent misdemeanor marijuana convictions.
Racial justice is a focal point in Democrats’ arguments supporting legalization.
House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler (DFL-Golden Valley) authored the bill and has been leading the effort. During an April House committee hearing, he said the bill “is in recognition of the major racial disparities in how our current drug laws are enforced.”
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